Mendoza Freezes State Employee Bonuses

Dec 7, 2016

Illinois' new comptroller is making changes, just days after taking office.  State employees expecting a bonus will have to wait. 

Non-unionized employees were awarded bonuses this fall. That became a liability for Republican Comptroller Leslie Munger's campaign.

Munger at the time said she had no choice but to process them. Critics -- including Munger's then opponent, Democrat Susana Mendoza, pounced.

"The most vulnerable people in the state of Illinois should really be prioritized, certainly over anybody receiving a performance bonus, at time we're in our worst fiscal crisis of all time."

Mendoza was sworn in as comptroller Monday. She's directed state agencies to separate workers' regular paychecks -- which will go out on time --  from the bonuses.